Katie Hopkins, a British right-wing provocateur who has drawn criticism for hateful comments including comparing migrants to cockroaches, will be deported from Australia after bragging about flouting the country’s hotel quarantine rules.
Ms. Hopkins arrived in the country to take part in a reality show, “Big Brother VIP,” and was required to isolate for two weeks in a hotel under coronavirus safety rules. On Saturday, she posted a video to Instagram and YouTube mocking these rules and detailing how she tried to frighten hotel staff by flinging open the door of her room “naked with no facemask.”
With over 40 percent of the country in lockdown and tens of thousands of Australians stranded overseas because of strict caps on the number of returnees, her antics drew an immediate backlash.
On Sunday, she was reportedly dropped from Celebrity Big Brother with its host broadcaster, Seven Network, saying in a statement that it strongly condemned “her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine.”
On Monday, the Australian home affairs minister, Karen Andrews, said Ms. Hopkins’s visa had been cancelled, describing her conduct as “appalling” and “a slap in the face to all those Australians currently in lockdown.”
Ms. Hopkins had initially been allowed into the country “on the basis of potential benefit to the economy,” Ms. Andrews told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, but “we will be getting her out of the country as soon as we can possibly arrange that.”